House Passes National Defense Authorization Act with Language Addressing Infertility in Servicewomen; Rep. Scott Introduces Fibroid Awareness Resolution

On July 12th, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 by a vote of 220-197. The House version of the NDAA includes language calling for a Study on Infertility Among Members of the Armed Forces no later than 180 days after enactment. The findings will then be reported back to the members of the House Committee on Armed Services. The study will assess the number of members of the Armed Forces serving as of the date of the study who are diagnosed with common causes of infertility, such as: 

  • polycystic ovary syndrome,  
  • pelvic inflammatory disease,  
  • uterine fibroids,  
  • endometriosis,  
  • sexually transmitted disease,  
  • testicular disorders,  
  • male endocrine disorders 
ASRM is working to support the continued need for vital research important to the field of reproductive medicine. 

We are pleased to report that also on July 12th, Congressman David Scott [D-GA-13] offered a Resolution in the House supporting the designation of July as Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. ASRM would like to thank the 10 co-sponsors –all members of the Congressional Black Caucus—for their support of this resolution. 

  • Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. 
  • Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] 
  • Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] 
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 
  • Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]       
  • Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] CBC Chair     
  • Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] CBC Vice Chair     
  • Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]      
  • Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]          
  • Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] 

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